Gifts That Cost You Nothing Now

Gifts in a will or by beneficiary designation are two easy ways to ensure the music plays on for years to come — and they don’t cost anything now. Gifts via any vehicle may be designated to a special project, or restricted to the Baltimore Symphony Endowment Trust, OrchKids, or the OrchKids Endowment.

Gifts in a Will

Making a legacy gift in your will or trust is one of the easiest and most popular ways to make a lasting impact for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and OrchKids. By simply signing your name, you can create a legacy of giving the gift of music to future generations.

Once you have provided for your loved ones, we hope you will consider making classical music part of your life story through a legacy gift.

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A gift in your will is one of the easiest ways to create your legacy and offers the following benefits:



Costs you nothing now to give in this way.



You can alter your gift or change your mind at any time and for any reason.



Your gift will create your legacy of powerful musical performances.

Four simple, “no-cost-now” ways to give in your will

General gift

Leaves a gift of a stated sum of money to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, BSO Endowment Trust, OrchKids, or the OrchKids Endowment in your will or living trust.

Residual gift

Leaves what is left over after all other debts, taxes, and other expenses have been paid.

Specific gift

Leaves a specific dollar amount, percentage, fraction, or specific items (collections, art, books, jewelry, etc.).

Contingent gift

Leaves a stated amount or share only if a spouse, family member or other heir/beneficiary does not live longer than you. In other words, your gift is contingent upon whether or not they survive after you.

You can mix these no-cost ways together. For example, you might consider leaving a specific percentage (such as 50%) of the residual to the BSO contingent upon the survival of your spouse.

Gifts by Beneficiary Designation

It’s easy to put your bank accounts, retirement funds, savings bonds, and more to use in expanding access to symphonic music — and it costs you nothing now.

By naming the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as a beneficiary of these assets, you can power our mission for years to come and establish your personal legacy of music that nurtures the human spirit.

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Potential benefits of gifts by beneficiary designation:


Reduce or eliminate taxes


Reduce or avoid probate fees


No cost to you now to give


Create your legacy with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

To name the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as a beneficiary of an asset, contact the custodian of that asset to see whether a change of beneficiary form must be completed.

How to change a beneficiary designation:

Login to your account or request a Change of Beneficiary Form from your custodian (the business holding your money or assets).

Follow the links to change your beneficiary or fill out the form.


Be sure to spell the name of our organization properly: Baltimore Symphony Endowment TrustOrchKids Endowment, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, or BSO OrchKids.


Include our tax identification number:
Baltimore Symphony Endowment Trust: 77-0659339 (includes OrchKids restricted endowment)
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Inc.: 52-0629696 (includes OrchKids restricted operating)


Save or submit your information online or return your Change of Beneficiary Form.

Types of Gifts

A gift of retirement funds

You can simply name the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as a beneficiary of your retirement plan to share your love of music with the next generation.

A gift of funds remaining in your bank accounts, brokerage accounts or certificate of deposit (CD)

This is one of the easiest gifts to give and one of the most useful in accomplishing your philanthropic goals. The next time you visit your bank, you can name the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Tax ID: 52-0629696, includes OrchKids restricted operating) or the Baltimore Symphony Endowment Trust( Tax ID: 77-0659339, includes OrchKids restricted endowment) as the beneficiary of a checking or savings bank account, a certificate of deposit (CD), or a brokerage account. When you do, you’ll take a powerful step toward educating and engaging through music for generations to come.

Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) residuals

What remains in a donor-advised fund is governed by the contract you completed when you created your fund. When you name the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as a “successor” of your account or a portion of your account value, you enable life-changing live performances.

Savings bonds

If you have bonds that have stopped earning interest and you plan to redeem them, you might owe income tax on the appreciation. That could result in your heirs receiving only a fraction of the value of the bonds in which you invested. Since the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is a tax-exempt institution, naming us as a beneficiary means that 100% of your gift will go toward expanding access to classical music.

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